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Looking at the Future of Livestreaming with Periscope

Much has been made of the rise of Meerkat and Periscope. While there are key differences in the platforms, matters more is how they can be used to create compelling experiences in a way that weren’t possible before. Here’s why brands should pay attention. Ephemeral & Instant With the rise of messaging platforms like Snapchat, Twitter…

Apple Maps + Foursquare = win

I love Foursquare and how it helps you get more out of where you are. It has evolved nicely from a broadcasting device to one about discovery and where people are going. While it is still a relatively niche service, it has the potential to grow if it had the right partnership. Like Apple iOS…

Mobile Payment Parade

It’s been over a year since Google Wallet came onto the market. Since then, there has been some traction with some vendors supporting it. While device support hasn’t been as broad, Apple’s inclusion of Passbook into the forthcoming iOS 6 will undoubtedly make mobile payment more mainstream. Microsoft has also gotten into the game with…

The Second Screen is Now the First Screen

We’re getting deeper into the London 2012 Olympics and the interesting thing is how much social media is impacting mainstream coverage. Much of the exciting action is actually taking place away from the field, track, court, or pool. It is happening on Twitter. From athletes being banned for controversial tweets to journalists being banned for criticizing…

5 Years of the iPhone

5 years ago, Apple released the iPhone. Without a doubt, it set the new bar for mobile and permanently changed consumer expectations for what mobile devices could be capable of. We now had a tool that could do much of what our desktop computers could do – and a lot more. In the meantime, numerous…

The Power of Big Data

“For every 2 degrees the temperature goes up, check-ins at ice cream shops go up by 2%” One of the biggest untapped areas of big data is location. Nothing speaks more about our intentions than where we physically choose to be. So it goes without saying that companies like Foursquare are thinking hard about what…

Mice Nuts

“They’re just mice nuts–and I mean that in the most kind, polite way I possibly can.” Color CEO Bill Nguyen describing Instagram Sometimes you just have to sit back and watch. You can’t make this stuff up. So what ever happened to Color?

Productivity Future Vision

Check out Microsoft’s vision of how computing will evolve to. It’s rather utopian in look and feel.

Making Music Mobile

One of the smartest things about web services are the APIs, which let you take data or content from one service and wrap it up in experience from another service. Mashing services together often results in the whole being significantly greater than the sum of the parts. Take for instance, Instagr.am, which combines cool photo…

Digital Life: Today & Tomorrow

Presenting facts and figures at conferences is often dull and dry and wrapped in a manually driven, narrated presentation. Here’s a lovely animated infographic charting how our digital lives have expanded across the globe. Neo Labels does a fantastic job humanizing and contextualizing rapid growth of the connected home, mobile and social in this short…